Over 135 kilometres of pristine coastline and 75 of the World's best surf breaks to choose from makes Margaret River Australia's premier surfing destination.The golden rule, according to everyone who lives here, is if you find yourself looking at a good wave, go surf it.
Yallingup Surf School and Josh Palmateers Surf Academy offer surfing lessons between mid September and late May each year
Margaret River Golf Course- Located 20 minutes south of Cape Lodge this 6092 metre Par 72 course is one of Western Australia's most highly regarded country courses. The course features numerous water hazards with the back nine requiring careful shot consideration to navigate the undulating fairways, large trees and not to mention the family of resident kangaroos!
Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course- Located 20 minutes north of Cape Lodge this championship layout course is 6200 metres with undulating greens and broad fairways interspersed with many lakes and water features.
MOUNTAIN BIKE & CYCLING
Set in the forest amidst gigantic trees and spectacular scenery, the mountain bike trails are a mix of gravel roads and single track, suitable for beginner to advanced riders.
For those that want to cruise, the relatively flat firm surface of the easy and scenic Rails to Trails and Ten Mile Brook tracks are great for all levels of fitness and talent.
But if you’re a die-hard mountain biker find your nirvana with the epic mountain bike trails that have relentless jumps, berms, logs, roll overs, scrambles and mud (in season!). There are great mountain bike trails in Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. See http://mrorca.org.au to help design your legendary ride.
It wasn’t that long ago that road cycling in the Margaret River Region was only done by a few locals who had discovered how blissfully quiet, picturesque and fun the rolling country back roads can be.
Fast forward to today and on any given morning, on any given road, you may come across professional road racing teams on training camps to fully loaded touring bikes part way through an epic journey. This little corner of Western Australia is no longer slipping under the radar of road cyclists looking for somewhere new to explore, train or race.
Events like The Tour of Margaret River have also gone a long way to raising awareness of just how many fantastic ride routes there are in the region. The multi-day road race now attracts many of the best professional road cyclists in the world.
Jesters Flat have a variety of rides – one hour Country Lane bush ride, 1.5 hour Drovers Tour, Treehouse Picnics and more. All rides are fully escorted. There are horses to suit experienced riders and beginners.
One hour Ride from $55.00 per person
THE MARGARET RIVER CLIMBING CO.
A dynamic adventure tour and guiding company Offering a fun, easy and unforgettable step off the beaten track: experience rock climbing and abseiling on the spectacular sea cliffs or take a private tour and discover the caves hidden amongst the majestic trees of the southern forests.
Spend your time meandering along country roads throughout the region and visit solitary art studios, galleries, furniture galleries, impromptu arts precincts and collaborative workshops. Many have impressive settings surrounded by remote forest and bushland or are embedded at wineries and resorts.
Take a walk along the main streets to find studios and galleries that will tempt you to take a piece of fine furniture, jewellery, pottery or framed artwork home.
Many of the artists can be seen at work in their studios and if this fires up your own creativity, there are a number of places who provide all the materials (and some guidance) so you can have a go yourself.
FORESTS, RESERVES & SCENIC SPOTS
With the abundance and preservation of unique and diverse species of flora and fauna, you can see why this region is in the top 10 bio-diversity hotspots in the world and the only hotspot in Australia.
The only pure tuart forest in the world stands in the north of Your Margaret River Region, whilst the karri, the third tallest tree species in the world, stands in the south. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the boundless beauty and diversity of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park envelops the region on the western edge. The premium wine region and agricultural land give way to woodlands, jarrah and marri forests on the east.
Scenic spots are plentiful and range from stunning seascapes to tranquil forest valleys. Contemplate the enormity of Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste – a gigantic towering granite rock that emerges from the Indian Ocean from the lookout on the mainland.
It is easy to be amazed and it is easy to experience it all as there are fantastic lookouts, walk trails, cycle paths and mountain bike trails with easy access
AUGUSTA AND CAPE LEEUWIN
Where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean
The beautiful sleepy coastal town of Augusta sits along banks of the Blackwood River and the sweeping pristine waters of Flinders Bay to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Tours run daily and offer a unique experience of going inside and up to the top of a working lighthouse. Enjoy breathtaking views across the treacherous oceans and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Learn about the history and listen to stories of unimaginable tragedy and rescue.
CRAFT BREWERIES AND ARTISAN DISTILLERS
The first brewery established in the region coined a phrase, ‘An oasis of beer in a desert of wine’.
Nearly 20 years ago that brewery was a lone trailblazer and now with nine breweries in the Margaret River Region, craft beer is really making its mark.
Each brewery has its own distinctive style from traditional pale ales and pilsners to preservative and additive free brews. By contrast chocolate beers, ginger and chilli beer will give your tastebuds something new to think about. Brave inventive styles are introduced regularly and frequent the daily tasting list. Some also produce their own cider, there’s even a distillery.
CHOCOLATE | OLIVE OIL | PRODUCE STORES
Voted as Australia's Best Gourmet Region by Gourmet Traveller Magazine, the Margaret River Region has an abundance of produce stores, farm gates and artisan food producers.
Cape Lodge features many of these products throughout the hotel and on our menus working closely with the following producers:
Yallingup Wood Fired Bread
Vasse Virgin Body Products
Olio Bello Olive Company
Margaret River Venison Farm
Yallingup Cheese Company
David Hohnen's Farm Shop
Della Fay Olive Oil and Organic Produce
Koonac Goat Cheese
Jindong Free Range Pork
Margaret River Free Range Eggs
The Margaret River Region is as spectacular underneath the ground as it is on top. Over 150 highly decorated limestone caves lay beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.
Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these complex and fragile karst systems are open to the public. Go inside and be amazed by these massive labyrinths decorated intricately with limestone crystal formations.
Cave tours range from completely easy ‘at your own pace’ self-guided tours, guided tours along boardwalks with great commentary, ‘off piste’ adventure hard-hat tours to extremely adventurous ‘abseil your way in’ expeditions.
It is difficult to choose the best cave tour in the Margaret River Region. You can marvel at the reflections on Lake Cave’s permanent lake, be dwarfed in Jewel Cave’s enormous chambers and take it easy on the Mammoth Cave self- guided tour. At Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave (pronounced ‘nilgi‘), you will learn the Aboriginal legend as you look up at limestone shawl formations– or delve deeper into the cave on an adventure tour.